Some of those new trophies come from another standing show feature, the free antler-scoring service provided by Division of Natural Resources biologists. Bucks killed more than 60 days prior to the show can be measured and given official Boone and Crockett or Pope and Young scores.
Hunters whose bucks turn out to be high-scoring can walk their trophies around the corner, enter them in the Hall of Fame's big-buck contest, and have the trophy displayed for the duration of the show.
"The rumor on the street is that a lot of big bucks will be brought to this year's show," Jarrell said.
Other attractions include Jan. 19 presentations on coyote hunting by coyote expert Tom Bechdel and on birds of prey by the staff of the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
Bechdel will do two presentations, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The birds-of-prey show, featuring a live bald eagle and other raptors, will begin at noon.
Jarrell said the Division of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Section will have its "Laser Trailer" on hand for show-goers to try.
"It's a simulator that allows people to experience realistic, almost-live hunting situations in which they will have to decide whether to shoot or not to shoot," he explained. "It's fun for kids and adults alike."
Two auctions of hunting and fishing gear will take place on Jan. 19.
Jarrell said the first one, set for 4 p.m., will be a silent auction. The second one, scheduled for 5 p.m., will be a live auction presented by auctioneer Col. Larry Boggs. There is no cover charge for either auction.
"Folks can register for the auctions at 3:30 p.m.," Jarrell said. "The live auction is a great time. Col. Boggs not only volunteers his time, but he also brings his wife and staff to run it."
Profits from the auction, and from the show in general, will be donated to a variety of sporting and conservation groups. Jarrell said the show has allowed the Trophy Hunters Association to contribute more than $400,000 over the past 15 years.
Admission to the event is $8 for adults and $1 for children age 6 to 12. Children under age 6 get in free.
Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 19, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20.